My First Race – Musings and Learnings

First Race

This post is inspired by Tom at The Allrounder. He recently wrote a piece about Global Running Day and told the story of his first organised running experience.

This made me think about my first race that pushed me towards running. I not sure which year it was, but it must have been over 10 years ago, as it was before I ran my first London Marathon in 2008. Continue reading “My First Race – Musings and Learnings”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 11

Track 11 – Sun is Shining – Bob Marley vs. Funkstar De Luxe (1999)

The balmy summer continues here in the UK, so the tunes are staying hot.

Sun is shining. The weather is sweet, yeah. Make you want to move, your dancin’ feet

Could this be the ultimate summer tune? Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 11”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 10 (Special World Cup Edition)

Track 10 – Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes (Echobeatz) (1998)

Today’s track is inspired by the fine summer weather the UK is currently experiencing and the excellent World Cup that’s presently occurring. A track that has me dreaming of doing stepovers and nutmegging the keeper on Copacabana beach in a pick up football game. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 10 (Special World Cup Edition)”

Feeling Better – Its not always about the running!

Good Mood

A couple of weeks ago, I was reminded by a friend that we’d entered a race and it was in two weeks time.

Whilst I wasn’t in bad shape, I’m wasn’t in race shape. (I’m wondering, what is my race shape?)

With only two weeks to go, I did a handwritten plan on how to get  there in the best shape possible. Continue reading “Feeling Better – Its not always about the running!”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 9

Track 9 – Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton (2012)

Here’s a party anthem! If you ever need a party to go off, drop this track. It also gets you flying on your run.

From American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debut studio album The Heist that also contains the classic Thrift Shop, it’s the anthem, Can’t Hold Us. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 9”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 8

Track 8 – Nalin & Kane – Beachball (1997)

Another tune that was on the long list and got bumped up today as a friend of mine sent me a What’s App with a link to the tune with the message “This one goes out to the Boy Lard”

My fondness for this tune goes beyond it being a stunning example of 90s Balearic house music. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 8”

What’s stopping you? Step towards your fears

Fear_shadow_puppet

“Too scared to risk failing at something I loved, so I succeeded at something I had no passion for”

The quote above came from a piece in the Guardian on Regrets where Emma Freud posed the question on Twitter “What’s your greatest regret”.

The piece is a very telling read and this quote really stood out. Read it again and take a moment to think about it.

Does it bring something to mind in your own life? Continue reading “What’s stopping you? Step towards your fears”

The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 7

Track 7 – Lose Yourself – Eminem (2002)

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted, in one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip?”

Not a bad opening, eh? How did this one fall to number 7? It’s really is a final mile tune when you need some real inspiration, so if this playlist ever gets a final definitive list, this will be towards the end. Continue reading “The Awesome Running Playlist – Track 7”